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Appointment of the new Executive Secretary

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions is pleased to announce that the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, has recently appointed Dr. Rolph Payet, Minister for Environment and Energy, Seychelles, as its new Executive Secretary.

Dr. Payet has a Doctorate in Environmental Science, degrees at master level in Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Business Administration (MBA) and Applied Environmental Economics, and an honours degree in Biochemistry.

Appointment of the new Executive Secretary

Appointment of the new Executive Secretary

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions is pleased to announce that the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, has recently appointed Dr. Rolph Payet, Minister for Environment and Energy, Seychelles, as its new Executive Secretary.

Dr. Payet has a Doctorate in Environmental Science, degrees at master level in Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Business Administration (MBA) and Applied Environmental Economics, and an honours degree in Biochemistry.

In addition to having been the Seychelles’ Chief Negotiator for the Basel Convention, the Montreal Protocol and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Dr. Payet also established important multi-stakeholder platforms, such as the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and and co-chaired the International Coral Reef Initiative. He was Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third and Fourth Assessments and was elected as Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in 2007, in recognition of his contributions to marine research. He established the first university in Seychelles in 2009, and is its present ProChancellor. He also holds an associate professorship at the University of Linnaeus in Sweden.

Dr. Payet will take up his new duties in Geneva on 6 October 2014.

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Announcements

The Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of a new online tool for finding its many joint technical and scientific publications. The use of an integrated search engine combines publications from the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Convention processes for the first time, and enables interested browsers to search by keyword, life cycle phase, or chemical/waste name under the Conventions.

The tool aims to better facilitate the sharing of key information about sustainable chemicals management amongst stakeholders, ease the work of Parties and Observers to the three Conventions, is the latest in the ongoing process of harmonisation and improvement of knowledge management within the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions.

New Tool Goes Live for Finding Technical and Scientific Publications

The Secretariat is pleased to announce the launch of a new online tool for finding its many joint technical and scientific publications. The use of an integrated search engine combines publications from the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Convention processes for the first time, and enables interested browsers to search by keyword, life cycle phase, or chemical/waste name under the Conventions.

The tool aims to better facilitate the sharing of key information about sustainable chemicals management amongst stakeholders, ease the work of Parties and Observers to the three Conventions, is the latest in the ongoing process of harmonisation and improvement of knowledge management within the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions.

Calendar of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

 
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Countering WEEE Illegal Trade (CWIT) Project

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The Secretariat has decreased its carbon footprint by 50% from 2010 to 2012, and takes active steps towards becoming climate neutral.

Secretariat acts to promote Sustainability and Green Practices

Secretariat acts to promote Sustainability and Green Practices
The Secretariat has decreased its carbon footprint by 50% from 2010 to 2012, and takes active steps towards becoming climate neutral.

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The October  issue of the BRS Technical Assistance Newsletter is now available

The October issue of the BRS Technical Assistance Newsletter is now available

The Technical Assistance Newsletter provides information on the past, current and upcoming technical assistance activities.

The October issue of the BRS Technical Assistance Newsletter is now available

The October  issue of the BRS Technical Assistance Newsletter is now available

The Technical Assistance Newsletter provides information on the past, current and upcoming technical assistance activities.

Republic of Congo ratifies the Ban Amendment

Republic of Congo ratifies the Ban Amendment

Deposit of instrument by Congo brings total number of ratifications to 80 Parties!

Republic of Congo ratifies the Ban Amendment

Republic of Congo ratifies the Ban Amendment
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Joint meeting of the bureaux of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions COPs

Joint meeting of the bureaux of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions COPs

The bureaux will meet from 11 to 12 November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss preparations for the 2015 COPs.

Joint meeting of the bureaux of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions COPs

Joint meeting of the bureaux of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions COPs
The bureaux will meet from 11 to 12 November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss preparations for the 2015 COPs.
Open-Ended Working Group charts way forward to 2015 COP: Now seeking comments and soliciting information

Open-Ended Working Group charts way forward to 2015 COP: Now seeking comments and soliciting information

The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-9) met from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Open-Ended Working Group charts way forward to 2015 COP: Now seeking comments and soliciting information

Open-Ended Working Group charts way forward to 2015 COP: Now seeking comments and soliciting information
The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-9) met from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee invites comments from parties and others
Comments are sought on the Manual for the implementation of the Convention and on the classification of compliance performance with national reporting.

Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee invites comments from parties and others

Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee invites comments from parties and others
Comments are sought on the Manual for the implementation of the Convention and on the classification of compliance performance with national reporting.
National Reporting for the Basel Convention: reporting in a snap shot!
Come and learn how to submit national reports for the Basel Convention online.
The objective of this webinar is to assist Parties to the Basel Convention in the submission of their national reports using the electronic reporting system.

National Reporting for the Basel Convention: reporting in a snap shot!

National Reporting for the Basel Convention: reporting in a snap shot!
 
Extended deadline for the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) photo contest:
Parties and others are invited to submit photographs to the Secretariat by 15th January 2015, with a view to awards and exhibition at the 2015 COP in Geneva.

Extended deadline for the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) photo contest:

Extended deadline for the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) photo contest:
Parties and others are invited to submit photographs to the Secretariat by 15th January 2015, with a view to awards and exhibition at the 2015 COP in Geneva.
Briefing on OEWG2 of SAICM

The objective of this webinar is to inform SAICM stakeholders of the 2nd meeting of the of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group, to enable them to participate fully in the related discussions. This webinar also serves to increase synergies in the implementation of SAICM and the chemicals and waste related conventions, including the Basel, Minamata, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Briefing on OEWG2 of SAICM

Briefing on OEWG2 of SAICM

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
25 November 2014, 10 am
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27 November 2014, 4 pm
Register

Objectives

The objective of this webinar is to inform SAICM stakeholders of the 2nd meeting of the of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group, to enable them to participate fully in the related discussions. This webinar also serves to increase synergies in the implementation of SAICM and the chemicals and waste related conventions, including the Basel, Minamata, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Contents

  1. Introduction 5 min
  2. Presentation by the SAICM secretariat:
    • OEWG2 - 10 mins.
    • Overall Orientation and Guidance and related documents - 10 mins.
    • Other meeting documents - 10 mins.
    • Plans for ICCM4 - 5 mins.
  3. Questions and Answers - 20 mins.

Background

The 2nd meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG2) on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management will be held in Geneva at the Centre International de Conference Genève (CICG) from 15 to 17 December 2014, with technical briefings and informal regional and other group meetings on Sunday 14 December 2014.
The OEWG2 meeting is in response to the request of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) in its resolution II/6 that established the Working Group as its subsidiary body which would meet a few months prior to the Conference.
The Working Group is to consider the implementation, development and enhancement of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, including by:
  1. Reviewing and prioritizing proposals for emerging policy issues in preparation of the next session of the Conference;
  2. Continuing discussion on work on emerging policy issues;
  3. Considering proposals for the inclusion of new activities in the Global Plan of Action;
  4. Considering initiatives that are being undertaken and addressing progress and gaps in achieving the goal that, by 2020, chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment;
  5. Considering the outcomes of regional meetings;
  6. Identifying priority issues for consideration for inclusion in the agendas of the sessions of the Conference;
  7. Undertaking such other activities as the Conference may direct;
A significant part of the agenda will be dedicated to discussing progress towards the 2020 goal and contributing to the ‘Overall Orientation and Guidance towards the 2020 Goal’, an expected strategic policy outcome of the fourth session of the ICCM.

Target group

SAICM stakeholders, including nominated SAICM National, Regional, IGO and NGO Focal Points, Basel Convention focal points, Rotterdam Convention focal points, Stockholm Convention national focal points and other BRS stakeholders.

Equipment requirements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows for sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, preferably a headset or a microphone and speakers and a good internet connection, or otherwise a phone.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
For aspects related to the agenda and content of the webinar
The SAICM secretariat
Email: saicm.chemicals@unep.org
For IT and organisational aspects of the webinar
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org
Collection systems of e-waste: An example of Concrete Solutions in Japan

Come and learn how the e-waste collection system was put in place in Japan. These sessions aim at sharing experience on how to establish such systems in the framework of an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme, presenting lessons learned and strategies to replicate this experience in other countries.

Collection systems of e-waste: An example of Concrete Solutions in Japan

Collection systems of e-waste: An example of Concrete Solutions in Japan
 
Outcome of the OEWG9

The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and other stakeholders on the outcome of ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group.

Outcome of the OEWG9

Outcome of the OEWG9

Schedule and registration

Date and Time
(Geneva time: UTC/GMT+2 hour)
Please register a few days in advance of the webinar.
To register, please use the following link:
4 November 2014, at 10 am
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6 November 2014, at 4 pm
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Objectives

The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and other stakeholders on the outcome of ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group.

Contents

  1. Introduction - 5 min.
  2. Presentation by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions:
    • Outcome of the ninth meeting of the OEWG - 20 min.
  3. Questions and Answers - 35 min

Backround

The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG9) was held from 16 to 19 September 2014 at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Open-ended Working Group keeps under continuous review the implementation of the Convention’s work plan, specific operational policies and decisions taken by the Conference of the Parties for the implementation of the Convention. It meets once every two years.
During the September meeting, the Working Group discussed the follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative: both developing further guidance for the environmentally sound management (ESM) of hazardous wastes and other wastes, and developing further legal clarity. It made progress in the development of technical guidelines on transboundary movements of e-waste and used electrical and electronic equipment and in the development and updating of technical guidelines for the ESM of POPs wastes and Mercury wastes.

Target group

Basel Convention Focal points and Regional Centers, competent authorities, permanent missions and interested stakeholders.

Equipment requirements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer, a headset or a microphone and speakers or a phone and a good internet connection.

Additional information

For more information, please contact:
Technical Assistance Programme
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention
Email: technical.assistance@brsmeas.org
Draft Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of POPs Wastes released
Parties and others are invited to submit comments on the draft technical guidelines by the specified deadlines.

Draft Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of POPs Wastes released

Draft Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of POPs Wastes released
Parties and others are invited to submit comments on the draft technical guidelines by the specified deadlines.
Preparations for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties: Report of the 22-23 May 2014 Bureau Meeting now available
The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention met from 22 to 23 May 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss, inter alia, preparations for next year’s Conference of the Parties. The Meeting Report is now available.

Preparations for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties: Report of the 22-23 May 2014 Bureau Meeting now available

Preparations for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties: Report of the 22-23 May 2014 Bureau Meeting now available
The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention met from 22 to 23 May 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss, inter alia, preparations for next year’s Conference of the Parties. The Meeting Report is now available.
1st Edition “Music for the Earth/SafePlanet” in El Salvador generates national, regional and international interest
Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico and partners provide innovative edutainment to engage families on sound management of waste

1st Edition “Music for the Earth/SafePlanet” in El Salvador generates national, regional and international interest

1st Edition “Music for the Earth/SafePlanet” in El Salvador generates national, regional and international interest

The 1st concert "Music for the Earth / SafePlanet," took place on June 29, 2014, at Selectos Supermarket in the city of Soyapango, Department of San Salvador, El Salvador, very successfully despite competing with the World Cup match. The event included dance performances, singing, entertainment and contests. Nearly 300 people enjoyed a happy family afternoon, while collaborating with the rescue of our planet, bringing materials such as paper, plastic, and electrical and electronic equipment for recycling in an environmentally sound and safe manner. The innovative aspect of this event was that in addition to the attractive combination of recreational activities, the concert ticket was paid for with electronic waste, paper or used vehicle batteries, giving an opportunity to the public to perform a specific action that contributes to the rescue of our planet.

"Music for the Earth / Safe Planet" was a festival that included a costume contest made ​​from recyclable materials, with the active participation of the community. The attendants enjoyed different shows such as Belly Dancing (Group Rashad), Chimbombín clown, rock music with Crixus , folk music led by Miguel Araujo and salsa music with Salzón group. The magazine Guanaquín from the local newspaper, El Diario de Hoy, contributed with face painting while José Matías Delgado University gave a recyclable materials crafting class. All entertainers and suppliers donated their contributions and participations for the sake of raising awareness within the Soyapango Community of the need to protect our planet.

This event was organized by a public-private partnership formed by Super Selectos, Encanto, Autoconsa, the Basel Convention Regional Center of the Basel Convention for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM), the NGO SalvaNATURA, Recicladora Centroamericana, Acumuladores Iberia, the Central American Commission for the Environment and Development / Central American Integration System (CCAD / SICA),  Safe Planet: the United Nations Campaign for Responsibility on Hazardous Chemicals and Wastes (Safe Planet), Soyapango City Hall, the Salvadoran Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Energy and Climate Partnership and the State Department of the United States through its Energy & Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA).

The success of "Music for the Earth / SafePlanet" has led organizers to consider making new editions in El Salvador in the coming months and bring this form of educational entertainment – or ‘edutainment’ – and rescue actions of our planet to other Central American countries like Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.  Moreover, the powerful concept of this innovative entertainment / education / action, its link with the United Nations Safe Planet Campaign and the viral circulation of information on the Safe Planet Facebook community page could facilitate taking "Music for the Earth / SafePlanet" to other regions of the world.

BCRC-CAM receives financial support from the government of El Salvador for its core operations and facilitates cooperation at national, regional and international levels to promote training programs and technology transfer for the environmentally sound management of materials, substances and wastes in Central America and Mexico by working closely with governments, the private sector, NGOs and academia. BCRC-CAM is located in the Executive Secretariat of the CCAD, within the General Secretariat SICA.

See BCRC-CAM´s sites on the web: www.sica.int/crcbcam, www.facebook.com/CRCBCAM, www.twitter.com/crcbcam, www.youtube.com/crcbcam, www.blogspot.com/crcbcam.

Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico to Participate in the 4th IEMN Annual Meeting
To exchange information and best practices on e-waste management, the Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico has been invited to the 4th International E-Waste Management Network Annual Meeting to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 14 to 17 July 2014.

Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico to Participate in the 4th IEMN Annual Meeting

Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico to Participate in the 4th IEMN Annual Meeting
To exchange information and best practices on e-waste management, the Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico has been invited to the 4th International E-Waste Management Network Annual Meeting to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 14 to 17 July 2014.
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September 2014
Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee
Geneva, Switzerland, 22 - 24 September 2014

Eleventh meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee

Geneva, Switzerland, 22 - 24 September 2014


Venue: International Environment House I (IEH-I), room 3, 11-13, Chemin des Anémones, 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland.

Summary of outcomes : The Committee considered 13 specific submissions, general issues of implementation and compliance, and its draft 2016-2017 work programme. With respect to the specific submissions, 9 Parties attended the meeting and the Committee adopted 13 decisions.In its decision pertaining to the self-submission by Central African Republic, the Committee approved this Party’s compliance action plan and recommended that the Executive Secretary use resources in the implementation fund of up to USD 50’000.- to fund activities listed in the plan. The Committee also considered a report on the review of the operation of the implementation fund, including in light of the establishment of the UNEP Special Programme, and recommended that it be entrusted to develop recommendations to the attention of the Executive Board of the Special Programme on priority areas for institutional strengthening under the Basel Convention and that it consider further options to cooperate with the Special Programme. With respect to the extended Secretariat trigger, the Committee recommended to the Conference of the Parties that it confirm without any limitation in time the extension of the Secretariat’s trigger to article 5 issues (designation of Focal Point and Competent Authority) and that the Conference of the Parties extend until COP-14 the Secretariat’s trigger pertaining to national definitions and import/exports restrictions and prohibitions. With respect to general issues of implementation and compliance, the Committee reviewed the classification of parties’ compliance performance with national reporting and how to improve timeless and completeness of reports, and agreed to invite Parties to comment thereon. The Committee also continued its consideration of four draft guidance documents that were consulted with OEWG-9. The Committee agreed to invite further comments on one of these, namely the draft Manual for the implementation of the Basel Convention. The Committee will finalize the four draft guidance documents and submit them to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties for adoption.

The Committee also prepared the draft 2016-2017 work programme of the Committee. Proposed activities pertain to improving implementation and compliance with respect to national reporting, the control system, illegal traffic, insurance bond guarantee, and national legislation. In addition, the Committee is proposing that it be mandated to review and update as needed the guidance documents it has developed.

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Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9)
Geneva, Switzerland, 16 - 19 September 2014

Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9)

Geneva, Switzerland, 16 - 19 September 2014


Venue: Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), 17 rue de Varembé, Geneva, Switzerland.

Summary of outcomes: The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) was held from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Geneva with pre-meetings on 15 September. 272 participants attended, representing 106 parties, 1 non-party, and 41 observer organizations.

As decided in decision BC-11/19, the meeting was organized in a new format, two days of plenary sessions on the first and the last day and two days of contact group meetings on the second and the third day. The feedback on the new format will be collected to support the Conference of the Parties at its twelfth meeting to take a decision on the operation of the OEWG.

The Working Group took ten decisions including on the Cartagena Declaration on the Prevention, Minimization and Recovery of Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes, options for the operation of the Open-ended Working Group, Technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of POPs wastes, mercury wastes, and electronic and used electrical and electronic equipment, national reporting, consultation with the Implementation and Compliance Committee, providing further legal clarity, Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment, and the work programme of the Open-ended Working Group for 2016-2017.

A letter dated 29 September 2014 was sent to parties and others inviting comments on documents and nominations of experts as a follow-up to the meeting.

The Earth Negotiation Bulletin covered the meeting (http://www.iisd.ca/basel/oewg9/) and its summary of the meeting can be found at: http://www.iisd.ca/download/pdf/enb2038e.pdf

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Environmentally Sound Management of Asbestos: the experience of South-East Asia
Webinar, 9 September 2014

Environmentally Sound Management of Asbestos: the experience of South-East Asia

Webinar, 9 September 2014


The objective of this webinar is to share the experience gained by the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South East Asia and the participating countries, after the completion of the project. The session aims at disseminating the tools and methodologies developed in the framework of the project and at sharing lessons learned on the ESM of asbestos wastes.

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August 2014
OEWG9 preparatory briefing
Webinar, 28 August 2014

OEWG9 preparatory briefing

Webinar, 28 August 2014


The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and observers to enable them to fully participate in the discussions at the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group.

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OEWG9 preparatory briefing
Webinar, 26 August 2014

OEWG9 preparatory briefing

Webinar, 26 August 2014


The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and observers to enable them to fully participate in the discussions at the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group.

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